Teatro Español y Naves del Español

Marat ~ Sade

by Peter Weiss
The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade
Musical theatre
Marat-Sade ©Esmeralda Martin
January 19
February 14, 2021



Tuesday to Sunday / 7pm




Is desire death? Die or enjoy?

Marat ~ Sade is the abbreviated title of one of the crowning works of 20th-century European theatre. For a few weeks, the Sala Fernando Arrabal of the Naves del Teatro Español will become a huge mental health centre where a group of patients/actors act out scenes set in a time following the French Revolution.

This play within a play, directed by and starring the Marquis de Sade, is the setting for a philosophical debate between Sade himself and the historical revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat. Over the course the story, we sense great tension between various questions: vice versus virtue, the collective versus the individual, rich versus poor... Do we sacrifice everything for pleasure in life? Or do we gain everything through the sacrifice of death?

We find ourselves before a poetically-charged play about the power of the collective as opposed to nihilist thought. There is no avoiding how this text by Peter Weiss draws on Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, but is also inspired by Grotowski's Poor Theatre, with the clear influence of Bertolt Brecht.

This new production, by Teatro Español, has a great team of creators and actors, which, in addition to the vision of Israeli choreographer Sharon Fridman, will add a certain amount of poetic distortion to a text that is unquestionably formidable and completely contemporary..
Luis Luque



Cast and Creative Team
Direction: Luis Luque
Text by: Peter Weiss
Translation: Miguel Sáenz
Cast: Fran Boira, Emilio Buale, Itziar Castro, Juan Codina, María Lobillo, Nacho Fresneda, Eduardo Mayo, Juando Martínez, Adrián Navas, Pepe Ocio, Andrés Picazo, Julia Rubio, Ana Rujas 
Choreography: Sharon Fridman
Scenic design: Monica Boromello
Original music: Luis Miguel Cobo
Lighting design: David Hortelano
Video staging design: Bruno Praena
Director's assistant: Álvaro Lizarrondo

A production of Teatro Español